MP speaks out on health reforms

Easington MP Grahame Morris.
Easington MP Grahame Morris.
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EASINGTON MP Grahame Morris will be sharing his views on the Government’s health reforms at a public meeting.

Members of the public will be invited to share their views with Mr Morris, who will give a talk on the future of the NHS, later this month.

The meeting takes place at Shotton & District Community Centre, in Bridge Road, Shotton Colliery, from 6pm on Tuesday, February 17.

Mr Morris, a member of the Parliamentary Health Select Committee, said: “The Government’s health reforms have put the NHS on to the path of privatisation which is causing a crisis at every level, whether that be accessing GP services, rising waiting times for treatment and the continued problems we are witnessing in A&E.

“At the next election I will be campaigning to repeal the Government’s Health and Social Care Act, however, the policies of privatisation could be entrenched in the NHS and across our public services if we do not acknowledge the threat posed by the anti-democratic Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, better known as TTIP.

“It is important that we continue to raise public awareness of this important issue. The community meeting I was invited to in Shotton will provide us the opportunity to discuss local health issues and any other concerns of the community.”

The meeting was organised by Stephen Maitland, chairman of the Shotton branch of the Labour party and Shotton Residents’ Association.

He said: “The NHS is worth around £120billion, which could be sold off to American consortium.

“It’s a huge concern throughout the country which could have a huge impact locally on the University Hospitals of Hartlepool and North Tees. It could mean people having to travel miles to get treatment.

“The current Government is to blame for what’s happening.”

All are welcome at the meeting. Mr Morris will lead a question and answer session after his talk.